Walmart entered the region in 2005 and became Walmart Centroamerica in 2006. In 2009, Walmart Mexico (a publicly traded company) acquired Walmart's operations in Central America and in 2010, Walmart Mexico became Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica. The headquarters are in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The Walmart Supercenter provides value to customers through service, variety, and price. There are Walmart Supercenters in all the Central American countries where we operate.
The supermarket format provides a value proposition based on quality, convenience, and service, all with the help of a wide range of basic and differentiated products. The banners include Mas x Menos in Costa Rica, Superpaiz in Guatemala and Honduras, La Union in Nicaragua, and La Despensa de Don Juan in El Salvador.
The Discount Compact Hypermarket and Soft Discount formats were created to serve customers who want low prices on a wide range of products like groceries, household care and personal goods in general and special appliances, and textiles. You will find stores across Central America under these names:
- Maxi Despensa and Despensa Familiar in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras
- Maxi Pali and Pali in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Walmart’s commitment across Central America remains rooted in improving economic opportunity for our associates and stakeholders, becoming a more sustainable company and supporting our local community.
In addition to saving customers money on the products and services they need, we take pride in offering jobs and growth potential for our associates and suppliers. For example, our direct farm program in Central America called Tierra Fértil (Fertil Land), serves as a best-in-class model for our global organization, as we work with thousands of small to medium size farmers to ensure environmentally sustainable practices and long-term business relationships.
We also work with small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses, many of which are led by women, through the program Una Mano para Crecer (A Hand to Grow). This program offers advisory and training to our manufacturing Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMBs).
In total, in 2020 we bought $118,404,696.57 million from 1,118 small and medium suppliers of Tierra Fértil and Una Mano para Crecer.
View our Environmental, Social & Governance Reporting to learn more about Walmart’s global initiatives.